York Handmade plays pivotal role in new Porters’ Lodge at historic Cambridge college

York Handmade Brick Company has played a pivotal role in the creation of a new Porters’ Lodge at Jesus College, Cambridge.

York Handmade, based at Alne, near Easingwold, supplied more than 20,000 bricks for the state-of-the-art building at the historic college.

The contract is worth £33,200 for York Handmade.

David Armitage, chairman of York Handmade, said: “It was a tremendous honour to be asked to provide our bricks and tiles for such a prestigious project. Jesus College has a proud cultural heritage and this stunning new building reflects this.

“Our popular Old Clamp blend bricks have been used for the new Porters’ Lodge, complementing the unique surroundings and fitting in in with the College’s architecture and landscape.

“This commission continues our strong relationship with colleges and university buildings at Oxford and Cambridge. We have provided bricks for Christchurch College in Oxford, as well as Oxford’s Said Business School, and are currently working on a new library at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

“It is an immense privilege to be associated with such important buildings and projects in historic and sensitive environments. It is also testament to the renaissance of brick as the building material of choice for significant and prestigious developments,” he added.

Paul Vonberg, the architect who designed the new Porters’ Lodge at Jesus College, commented: “I selected York Handmade Brick for this project after discovering that they had supplied bricks for earlier projects at Jesus College.

“The brand-new Porters’ Lodge adjoins a Grade 1 listed building and a Grade 2 listed wall and so needed bricks which would blend happily with those buildings. York Handmade were certainly good to work with and the result is splendid. The walls look absolutely fabulous.”